Prof. Joshua Alabi, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) and the patron of the Ghana Union of Professional Students (GUPS) has stated that apart from the newly elected GUPS President and the Executives, he does not know any other GUPS anywhere.
He made this statement in an interview with GhanaNewsOnline.com after he delivered a speech at the official handing over ceremony of GUPS.
He said he recognizes only the current GUPS Executives led by Ibrahim Abdullah and his Executives who received their batons to continue from where the out-gone Executives left off.
Chairing the event, Prof. Alabi charged this crop of officers to show good leadership in serving the student body. He hinted that leadership is not an easy task, but it behooves upon the individuals leading to offer an acceptable leadership style to achieve results.
Prof. Alabi urged the leaders to have an extra stomach for containing insults and resistance from their subordinates, otherwise they will fail because it determines how strong they could be as leaders.
“Good leaders must not first be an opposition to anybody that opposed him/her because nobody thinks alike; but all must be brought on board irrespective of the differences for a better legacy to be handed down to those who would takeover in future,” he stated.
On his part, the out-gone GUPS President, Wisdom Gmayan, disclosed that there are many students out there facing various problems – ranging from finance, transport amongst others that need the intervention of GUPS.
He mentioned some successes chalked, under his tenure as GUPS President.
Mr. Abdullah Ibrahim, the newly elected Ghana Union of Professional Students (GUPS) President promised with the support of the new Executives to improve on what the previous executives left.
He said together they would transform the front of GUPS to the admiration of all so that it would not be too difficult for students to access what is due them within the powers of his outfit.
Other newly elected Executives of GUPS include Ann Maclean, General Secretary; Emmanuel Selasi Amedzor, Treasurer; Bismark Tetteh Djem, Coordinating Secretary; Clara E. Asempapa, Women’s Commissioner; Wisdom Uwumborkan, Project and Programmes Coordinator, and Polycarp Opoku-Dwamena, Financial Controller.
Frank Amoakohene, the legitimate NUGS President-elect described as madness a claim by another group to the NUGS presidency. According to him, there were threats all over allegedly coming from the lagstaff House to replace all the legitimately elected NUGS officers.
He sounded a warning to politicians to stay away from students’ institutions “… We will resist any attempt by unscrupulous politicians whose agenda is to divide the students front for selfish interest,”.
Source: Delali A. Awuyeh